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Doyle Victories at Loro Piana SuperYacht Regatta in Division B and D

Doyle Sails powered a yacht in each class at the Loro Piana Regatta in Virgin Gorda this year.  Our Division B and Division D Doyle powered yachts came out on top. We were able to discuss the event with our representatives sailing in between this event and the St Barth’s Bucket.

P2 in Virgin Gorda

The 125’ Perini Navi/Briand collaboration, P2, managed to pull of winning Division B again this year. Both Doyle’s CEO, Robbie Doyle, and head of One Design, Jud Smith, were on board advising on strategy and tactics. They used the same upwind race sails that were used to win Loro Piana two years prior under the previous owner.  Jud was impressed at how well the sails had held up, “The Stratis Carbon/ Technora sails were still in fantastic condition and still looked and performed as they did two years ago at the same regatta.  That’s after more than two racing seasons racing in the Caribbean and Mediterranean Superyacht circuit.” They also had many of the same crew from years prior, but the current team was primarily from the 2010 Vitters built Hoek 50 Meter superyacht, MARIE.

P2 in Virgin Gorda

Going into the final race, P2 was tied with Ganesha, each only having 3 cumulative points. The regatta was sailed in 10 to 18 knot Easterlies with a variety of 25 to 33 mile courses around islands and set marks.  Each raced featured a combination of reaching, running and windward legs in a pursuit start format, where the winner was decided by who’s leading at the finish line.  In the final race, the P2 crew prevailed with flawless crew work and a conservative strategy to maintain the lead after Ganesha tore their kite on the first set, costing them valuable distance before hoisting a second kite.

Perseus^3 in Virgin Gorda

In Division D, 200’ Perini Navi Perseus^3 , having only debuted in the Caribbean last season, won with all bullets. This yacht lost the overall trophy by only 13 seconds. Crew Boss, Peter Grimm Jr., let us know they were able to get in three a half days on the water prior to the event.  During practice, the breeze was consistently 22-27 knots of true wind speed. However, Peter stated, “We never worried about any sail failing because we were so confident in the data from the CFD FEA runs. Sail choices were made with 100% known results.”

Perseus^3 in Virgin Gorda

Peter also exclaimed they were unafraid to do sail changes on the 60 meter, 500 ton sloop, even changing from the A2 to the Code Zero in only four minutes. He was also bragging that they were able to get the spinnaker staysail up and fully drawing in a minute and a half, while keeping the spinnaker full. Perseus^3 was using their entire race inventory and had every sail ready to go each day. He was very pleased with the Doyle Stratis providing optimum maintainable shape for properly designed sails. Obviously, this yacht benefitted from having a veteran crew on their second season, confidence in their data, and durable superior sails. Despite the main, blade, working jib, and staysail being used for charter, three Transatlantic crossings, private use, and the racing circuit, they are holding up and still succeeding.

Relative Obscurity Rules J70 Class at Bacardi Miami Race Week

Peter Duncan, with Relative Obscurity crew consisting of Moose McClintock, Willem van Waay, and Victor Diaz DeLeon, won the J70 class at the 2017 Bacardi Miami Sailing week, with a six point lead and two bullets. Peter told us they elected to race the event with previously used upwind sails, thinking it would be too light to put on a crisp new jib. (It did end up being below planing conditions in the 5-9 range in all but the last race.) They were pleased at how clean the competition was with the 2nd and 3rd place boats; despite how tough and close the racing was during the event. Victor said, “We focused on being conservative throughout the regatta because we thought we had a speed edge. We emphasized having good starts in low density areas to get out clean and have options.” In his usual way, he wrapped up with a sociological overview, “With the different ages and personalities on board, our team has a good mix of wisdom, experience, athleticism and spunk.”

On-board Relative Obscurity high-res pro spunk selfie

Each member of the team unanimously agreed that their downwind speed was excellent and it was mentioned that it saved them from some potentially tough beats by allowing them to be near the leaders at the leeward gates. Willem, who was part of teams placing 2,1,2 in the last three World’s, had high praise for the latest spinnaker design, “I knew that the upwind sails were very fast from sailing next to the Doyle boats over the last 2 years, but I wasn’t sure about how the kite would fair. I have to say, I was very pleasantly surprised to find out that the kite was a rocket in all conditions. In practice, we had an edge in the planing conditions, and in the regatta, we had an edge in displacement. The kite was very easy to trim and I could feel from the beginning that it had excellent pull and power through the range. With other coaches videoing us, it didn’t go unnoticed.  Our technique and communication was great, but something was also special about that kite: Looking forward to sailing more with it.”

Duncan sporting Grey Doyle Main & new jib on Practice Day

For those of you in the J70 circuit this winter, you may have noticed a few grey sails on the race course, including on Peter Duncan’s Relative Obscurity. Jud Smith, our head of One Design, headed up this initiative, saying, “After extensive development work, we are pleased with the results of the new Grey finished Dacron.  While the look is certainly different, it’s not just a dye, but an improved resin finishing process designed to produce a firmer cloth that will hold its shape longer and through a greater wind range, and further increases the durability of the core fibers in the cloth.  Particularly for One Design classes that relay on a smaller number of sails, having a lightweight sail that meets the class rules but also holds its shape better is a real advantage.” Both the Doyle main and the jib are now produced out of this improved fabric. The Doyle main design was developed as cross cut and has remained so from the outset, being found superior to our competitors’ radial designs. Though others are finally catching on, we know our years of experience perfecting this layout will allow our customers to continue to shine.

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Mahalo Takes Class 1 at ONE Regatta

The ONE (Offshore New England) Championships, formally Marblehead-based PHRF New Englands, was hosted this past weekend out of the Corinthian Yacht Club.  It was a light air regatta, as is typical for this end of August event.

In a very tight Class One, Swan 42 Mahalo, wins with three bullets under its belt over the course of the three day regatta. Mahalo is powered by a new Doyle upwind inventory, the same sails they used most recently to win the Swan 42 Nationals. On the trail to the upcoming NYYC Invitational Cup, it is a great win for Mahalo to beat the previous Invitational winners by four points at this event.

Mahalo wins class with Doyle Stratis upwind inventory

Mahalo wins class with Doyle Stratis upwind inventory

In other classes, Tom Drechsler on Dehler 38 Remain Silent, won Class IV by five points with all new Doyle sails. In the J/105 fleet, Blown Away won the class using a Doyle main and Fred DeNapoli on Allegro Semplicita. In the J/70 fleet, Jud Smith on Africa sailing with his wife, Cindy, and powered by Doyle, wins.

Blown Away wins J/105 class with Doyle Main

Blown Away wins J/105 class with Doyle Main

Allegro Semplicita takes second in J/105 with all full Doyle inventory

Allegro Semplicita takes second in J/105 class with full Doyle inventory



Doyle Sails Dominate Etchells Australasian Winter Championship 2015

Doyle Sailmakers SWEEPS the 2015 Australasian Winter Championship, hosted by Mooloolaba Yacht Chub earlier in June, with customers taking 1st, 2nd, 3rd*, 7th, 8th, and 10th in a 42 boat fleet. See Results here.

A great article is written on the Australian Etchells page. The winners on Yandee XX, Jeanne-Claude Strong, with team of Neville Wittey, Marcus Burke, and Tiana Wittey, winning their first major event, but also assuming the role of the first female to win a major Etchells event in Australia.

YandooXX wins Australasian Winter Champs

Jeanne-Claude Strong and team on YandooXX take first at the 2015 Australasian Winter Championship. Photographer: Teri Dodd

Cameron Miles of The Hole Way took second with his crew, James Mayo and Grant Cowle, tightly two points behind Yandee XX, despite some admitted erroneous tactical decisions. They were tied for first with Yandee XX  after the first day and leading after the second day of racing.

Cameron Miles and team on The Hole Way take second at 2015 Australasian Winter Championship

Cameron Miles and team on The Hole Way take second at 2015 Australasian Winter Championship. Photo Cred: Teri Dodds

Mark Thornburrow, using Doyle upwind sails on Racer X, with team Malcolm Paige, Simon Cooke, and Michael Huang, placed third with two bullets and a total of five top ten finishes in the 7 race regatta.

Sailing - Marinepool Etchells Australasian Championship 2015, Mooloolaba Yacht Club, Mooloolaba (Aus). 4/6/2015 Photo: Teri Dodds.

Mark Thornborrow on team Racer X take third at 2015 Australasian Winter Championship Photo Cred: Teri Dodds.

Also a shout out to other Doyle customers placing top ten at this event. David Clarke and his team on Fifteen+ take seventh, pictured below. Peter McNeill and his team on Iris III take eighth, and Chris Hampton and his team on Tango take tenth. This is a great showing for Doyle Sailmakers repeatedly proving our product with great results.

David Clark on Fifteen+ take 7th. Pictured Racing on Day 2. Photo Cred: Teri Dodds

David Clark on Fifteen+ take 7th. Pictured Racing on Day 2 of 2015 Australasian Winter Championship. Photo Cred: Teri Dodds

E33LM Flash Wins Class and Spinnaker Division at Figawi

e33LM under sail. Photo by Billy Black

The new version of the e33 made quite an impression on those following in her wake at this past weekend’s Figawi Race. The e33LM, a revolutionary hybrid wood/glass hull, was loaded off the truck at Hyannis Marine, her crew (Robbie Doyle, Drew Lyman, the owner Nick Lazares and his son, Nick) jumped on, tuned the rigging, did a couple of tacks and sets then headed to the start line. “Even though the boat is designed and built primarily for day sailing, it was great for Flash to win its inaugural race beating more than 100 boats in a very demanding race,” said Doyle. “Great shake down to insure smooth enjoyable sailing in the future.”

Read the following Q&A for more details on the new e33LM:

Q. How did you get a brand new boat and model ready to sail a 25 mile race in 25 knots of wind with so little prep time?

The e33LM under sail. Photo by Billy Black A. Key is that the boat is extremely simple. It has just three sails – a square top main, self-tacking jib, and an asymmetrical spinnaker. Also, this is e33 hull #27 so it’s a known entity that has had been a continuous evolution since inception.

Q. You mentioned that the e33 is constantly evolving. What’s new and different with this boat?

A. This hull structure is certainly the biggest leap forward yet. Nick Lazares was looking for an easy boat to sail with family and friends. He has a larger boat but finds with his busy life style it takes too long to get sailing and then to put things away at the end of the day. He wanted a boat he could easily handle himself so he could invite non-sailors along and they would be comfortable.

He and his son came for a test sail on a traditional e33 and were sold on the concept. But he had some special requests:

1. A shoal draft for sailing around Cape Cod.

a. The e33LM has an optional shoal draft keel configuration that reduces the depth from 5’9” to 4’9”.

2. Could handling be made even easier with a self-tacking jib?

a. This is also an option for the e33LM. We were concerned that it might hurt performance however as explained in the discussion below on hull construction because the boat came out lighter and roach was added to the jib, no detection can be seen in sailing performance as indicated in her Figawi Race victory where she excelled upwind as well

3. The owner wanted the feel of wooden boat below deck.

a. This was all doable but I cautioned him that adding the wood he wanted could add a good amount of weight and with the shoal draft keel already a bit heavier we could be limiting the boat’s very special all around sailing performance.

b. Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding stepped in, led by Cabot Lyman who had a concept to build a strong hull that was a wood-glass hybrid. Lyman-Morse’s boat building team led by Lance Buchanan teamed up with Tyler Doyle of Doyle CFD to use the latest in Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to analyze the strengths of various wood and glass combinations. After a number of combinations were examined, Western Red Cedar for the hull interior and 5/32” of Eglass for the hull exterior were selected. The fiberglass IGU interior was replaced with various woods that were all cut on Lyman Morse’s new C&C router for easy replication.

052314BTSN-1052emailc. The result is a hull that is 16% lighter than the glass-foam-glass laminate as well as a boat that requires no additional wood trim for looks. This photo was taken below on the e33LM just after the finish of the Figawi Race with the cushions in the forepeak still wet from the spinnaker take down!

Q. What other features separate this daysailer from the others?

A. A square top main. Grand prix racers love this configuration because it is the most efficient mainsail geometry there is. It is popular among catamaran sailors, too, as it is not only efficient but depowers automatically because the top naturally twists open with wind gusts. I had an e33 for more than four years and despite having sailed it in up to 35 knots of wind, we never reefed. In fact, in this race the one boat that was in front of us at the leeward mark lost its lead while they struggled to get a reef in. It was blowing 22 to 25 knots at that time with 5 to 6 foot seas and with a crew of 4 we were very comfortable sailing to windward. There was a 50-footer not far behind us going pretty well but when we tacked with our self-tacking jib we left them behind as they struggled to sheet in their large genoa.

Q. Why don’t all boats have square top mains?

A. The primary reason is that most cruising boats have permanent backstays that interfere with a large roach. Racing boats have running backstays that are released and taken up on every tack and jibe. The e33 does not need a back stay as the shrouds and spreaders are swept back sufficiently to support the headstay without a back stay. Catamarans are set up with this configuration as well.

e33 LM hull construction 1email-1Q. What’s next for the boat?

A. Primarily the e33LM FLASH will be used for its intended purpose – comfortable daysailing where Nick and his friends can enjoy the high fidelity sound system, hot and cold running water and large wide open cockpit designed for relaxing.

For more information contact: Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding 207-354-6904 email:


Peter Duncan wins Jaguar Etchells Mid-Winter Regatta

JagLogoSailing in a wide variety of conditions, Peter Duncan and his crew Tom Blackwell and Jud Smith won the Etchells Mid-Winter Regatta in commanding fashion, besting their closest competitor by 20 point and only finishing outside the top 10 once in the 60-boat fleet.  The regatta was the largest of this winter’s Jaguar Series, with everyone bringing their A-Game for the final event.  The win pushed them up to 4th overall in the Jaguar Cup, where they joined Doyle customers Shannon Bush and Senet Bischoff in the top five overall.

The regatta was light on Friday, very breezy on Saturday, and then Sunda featured a range of conditions, forcing everyone to adjust gears throughout the regatta.  The team utilized Doyle’s AP Main the entire regatta, and the latest NLM (Light-Medium) Jib on Friday, while the DCH proved its worth in Saturday’s big breeze as well as on Sunday.  Downwind, the team was able to use the AP Radial Runner in most of the races, and broke out the VMG Cross Cut spinnaker in the lightest legs.

“We were fortunate to have all of our practice pay off,” explained Jud Smith.  “Our team has been training in two different boats – the J/70 and the Etchells in preparation for Etchells Worlds in Italy in June as well as a full circuit in the J/70.  With our divided focus, being able to jump back into the boat and excel feels great.  Our latest sails are easier to adjust than ever, and changing to the inboard jib lead has greatly improved our pointing ability – essential in the big-fleet starts.”

2013 Etchells Mid-Winter Regatta

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